DANE COUNTY AREA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
March/April 2015 - DCAGS
Dane County Area Genealogical Society
PO Box 5652
Madison, WI 53705-0652
Society e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership dues for 2015:
$23.00/year individual or $28.00/year family ($8.00 discount if you get the newsletter only by e-mail)
Membership year is 1 January-31 December
Printable 2014 membership form (111 KB PDF file)
Or go to our Work in progress new website to join or renew online
Society Organizational Documents (PDF files)
Plan of Merger (July 2006)
Bylaws (initially adopted August 2006, amended October 2007, 5 April 2012, and 7 November 2013)
Policy and Procedures Manual (last revised October 2007)
(145 KB PDF file)
February 2015 - DCAGS
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Many (but not all) of the URLs listed in recent newsletters are hot links. If you click on the URL, your browser should go directly to the web page being referenced. (You must be using either Adobe Acrobat Reader
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Board of Directors
For directors, the final year of their current term in listed after their name.
Vice-President Jim Benes
Secretary DeAnn McAllan
Officers are selected each year by the Board of Directors from among the Board’s members.
Immediate past president Walker Crawford
Standing Committee Chairs
Membership Walker Crawford
Public Relations Joyce Peterson
Program and Education Donna Johnson-Schmidt
Newsletter Patricia L. Skubis
Historian Sandy Zart
Webmaster Rollie Littlewood
The Governing Board consists of the directors, the immediate past president, and the standing committee chairs. Any person who fits in more than one of these categories is not replaced by a substitute, and gets only one vote on the Governing Board. The Governing Board usually meets on the third Monday of each month. Contact the society president or see our monthly newsletter to get the time and location.
Handouts from some earlier DCAGS meetings:
Tip Toe Through the Tombstones
Upcoming Programs 2014 2015
Time: 7:00 PM, first Thursday of every month, unless otherwise noted
Place: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (chapel), 4505 Regent St. (intersection of Regent St.&Segoe Rd.), Madison unless otherwise noted
|7 August 2014
||Ins and Outs of RootsMagic - Our speaker will be Sherry LLoyd.
Sherry will provide a tour of the computer software program RootsMagic. The Ins and Outs of RootsMagic will include not only how to enter your data but ways to share information by way of charts, reports, books or CDs. It is one of the easiest software programs to use but one of the most powerful programs available. RootsMagic is an award-winning genealogy software program that is not only easy to use but has many features that will allow a beginner or an experienced genealogist the tools to record and share your family history. RootsMagic also has a free software program RootsMagic Essentials. The 7 August program will demonstrate some of the features of this software including the basics for recording genealogy information, printing reports, wall charts, source management and even publishing your book!
|7 May 2015 Note the unusual location!
||Land and Survey Records in the Archives of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands - Our speaker will be Randy Bixby, Land Records Archivist of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The BCPL Archives holds the original survey maps and field notes for the entire state of Wisconsin, and records relating to land grants from the federal government to the State of Wisconsin, totaling 10 million acres. This presentation will provide background information on the original surveys of Wisconsin and an overview of federal and state land patents and their impact on the people of Wisconsin.
This presentation is jointly sponsored by the Dane County Area Genealogical Society and the Dane County Historical Society (DCHS). It will be held in the LOWER LEVEL of the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison (about 1 1/2 miles south of SouthTowne Mall). Guests are welcome after 6:30, meeting/presentation starts promptly at 7:00. Members are welcome to bring a homemade treat to share. DCHS will provide beverages.
, by Ann L. Wells (5 August 2010). Handout
Exciting New Developments at FamilySearch
, by Maureen Brady (7 October 2010). Handout
(15 slides; 5 pages) / Presentation
(72 slides; 36 pages).
Have you tried…?
, by James L. Hansen, F.A.S.G
(4 November 2010). Handout
Finding Those Who Served: Genealogy Resources at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum
, by Russell Horton (2 December 2010). Handout
Ways to Display Your Family Trees
, by Pat Skubis (6 January 2011). Handout
(1 page) / Presentation
Genealogical Organization: From Papers to Research
, by Ann L. Wells (3 March 2011). Handout
, by Bob Stone and Ruth Simpson (7 April 2011). Daughters of the American Revolution handout
(4 pages) Sons of the American Revolution handout
The Power of Yes: A Case Study of Norwegian Immigration to Minnesota
, by Joyce I. Nigbor (2 June 2011). Handout
Reading Genealogy Books on the Web
, by Rollie Littlewood (7 July 2011). Handout
Branches and Leaves Filled in at Last
, by Patricia Skubis (4 August 2011). Handout
The Flavor of Wisconsin: History and Culture through Recipes
, by Terese Allen (1 September 2011). Handout
(3 page quiz)
The 1940 Census
, by Pat Skubis (2 February 2012). Presentation as PDF file
or as PowerPoint file
Getting the Most Out of an Obituary
, by George L. Findlen, CGSM
(5 April 2012). Handout
The World of Genealogy Webinars
, by Rollie Littlewood (3 May 2012). Handout
Revolutionary War & the War of 1812
, by Pam Anderson (6 September 2012). Handout
Introduction to DCAGS’ New Online Membership Features
, by Walker Crawford (4 October 2012). Handout
Using WorldCat for Genealogy
, by Rollie Littlewood (4 October 2012). Handout
(4 pages) / Screen Shots displayed during
Family History Projects
, by Lori Bessler (3 January 2013). Handout
Newspaper Nuggets: Going Beyond the Obituary Notice
, by Kathy Sparks (2 May 2013). Handout
Dane County Historical Society … Who Knew?
, by Mary Clark (7 November 2013).
(43 panels; 8 pages)
What is Genealogy, Anyway?
, by George L. Findlen (2 January 2014). Handout
Culture, Heritage and Swiss Roots
, by Beth Zurbuchen (6 February 2014) Two handouts: Swiss Society of Genealogical Studies
(2 pages) and Switzerland and Genealogy
Genealogy Research and Cartographic Resources
, by Jaime Stoltenberg (6 March 2014). Handout
(1 page) / Presentation as PDF file
or as PowerPoint file
Free Online Resources That You Can Access from Home or at Your Library
, by Pat Skubis (5 June 2014). Presentation as PDF file
or as PowerPoint file
Church and Religious Records - More Than Hatchings, Matchings & Dispatchings
, by David McDonald, CGSM
(6 November 2014). Handout
We’re proud to be an affiliate of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society
Announcements of special interest to society members
DCAGS is a proud member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies
Citing staffing issues, the Wisconsin State Vital Records Office
announced in the fall of 2010 that they were suspending all search appointment opportunies from 1 October 2010 until at least 28 February 2011. This office did open again for onsite searches in March, but with a much tighter restriction than before on the frequency of search appointments. Each researcher is now restricted to four hours of on-site searching in a three-month period. Afternoon appointments are no longer available.
There will be tours of Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison given on 6 October 2013, sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum
. Check BIGWILL’s Upcoming events of regional interest (in Wisconsin, Illinois & nearby portions of neighboring states)
web page, where more details will be listed.
The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS) is sponsoring its 2014 Gene-A-Rama conference on 4-5 April 2014
at the Holiday Inn
, 4601 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
The featured speaker will be Lisa Alzo
Periodically visit the WSGS website
for further information as the plans develop for this conference.
The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS) is sponsoring its 2014 fall seminar on 18 October 2014
at the Hotel Mead
, 451 East Grand Ave., Wisconsins Rapids, Wisconsin. The featured speaker will be Jay Fonkert
Periodically visit the WSGS website
for further information as the plans develop for this seminar.
Sally Jacobs, a local archivist who operates Jacobs Archival Services in Madison, has informed us that she has started a blog called The Practical Archivist
. She describes it as chock full of archiving tips and geeky tidbits for genealogists and keepers of the family photo album giving away some of my best photo archiving
tips at no charge.
Each spring and fall the Division of Library-Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society
sponsors a series of genealogy classes; these usually meet on Saturday mornings in either the WHS Library in Madison or in the nearby Memorial Library. See Library-Archives Classes and Workshops
for more detailed information.
The six classes being offered in the fall of 2011 are
Genealogy is For Everyone
(17 September, Lori Bessler),
(22 October, Lori Bessler) [repeated 29 October
Using Archival Collections
(12 November, Rick Pifer),
(3 December, Lori Bessler), and
(10 December, Lori Bessler).
Click on the title of any class for further details (time, fees, location, class coverage) about that class. Each class has separate registration, some may have limited enrollment.
To register, download, print, fill-in, and mail the required registration form
. Registration began 15 August 2011.
A discount on the registration fee is offered to those who are members of either the Wisconsin Historical Society
or the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society
Are you a beginner at genealogy?
Would you like to explore some (free) online guides to getting started in genealogy?
Here’s one to try: Indexes to the RootsWeb Guides to Tracing Family Trees
Genealogy classes offered in the Dane County Area
Dates for next set of classes: three Tuesday evenings, (not given in fall 2013)
Location: UW-Madison campus (specific location TBD)
Instructor: Sherry Lloyd
Center Genealogy - Family History Courses
Dates for next set of classes: four Wendesday evenings, 30 October - 20 November
Location: Oregon Senior Center, 219 Park St., Oregon
Instructor: Pat Skubis
For more information view Fall 2013 Oregon School District Program Guide, especially pages 4 and 28.
Some other genealogical links of special interest:
A bit of society history:
- Wisconsin GenWeb site
23 June 2008
- Columbia County GenWeb site
25 March 2007
- Dane County GenWeb site
- Rock County GenWeb site
- Sauk County GenWeb site
23 June 2008
- List of all the Wisconsin county GenWeb sites (many Wisconsin County GenWeb sites changed their URLs in early 2008)
23 June 2008
- Guide to Wisconsin-oriented email discussion lists, especially those at the level of individual counties
(these lists facilitate correspondence and exchange of research suggestions with other genealogists interested in the same area)
- Wisconsin Historical Society
(see especially the links to Library & Archives and
- Dane County Historical Society
27 May 2012
The DCHS maintains a collection of published and unpublished archival materials relating to Dane County at the Lussier Family Heritage Center. They offer research help, answering genealogical and other research or reference inquiries from the public; see the DCHS website for further information. DCHS has posted or contributed old Dane County plat maps which can be viewed on the web; the 1873 map can be viewed on the DCHS website; the 1861, 1890, 1899, and 1911 maps can be searched for from the home page of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives and Records Management Services
25 February 2009
(see especially the web pages for genealogical resources and for oral history).
- Ancestry Library Edition
9 March 2008
This is not a web site which can be accessed from your home, but it can be used from any of the six computers in the Reading Room of the WHS library labeled Reserved for Genealogical and Federal Document Research ONLY. Ancestry Library Edition replaces AncestryPlus; it offers most of the databases available with individual subscriptions to <ancestry.com>; it does not include the following collections: Family & Local Histories, Historical Newspapers, OneWorldTree, Filby’s Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI), PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), and Freedman’s Bank Records. Additionally all personalized features normally available when using <ancestry.com>, such as surname alerts, are unavailable when using Ancestry Library Edition. For several years, most of the databases available with paid personal subscriptions to <ancestry.com> have been available free of charge at most Family History Centers. This changed in April of 2007; now only about thirty-seven of the databases offered by <ancestry.com> are available on the computers at most Family History Centers. A list of these remaining databases can be seen at
<www.ancestry.com/fhc/dblist.aspx>; note that most of these databases include just the indexes only the three included U.S. census databases include the actual data images. Several other subscription genealogy database services have moved to fill the void left by the nearly complete loss of Ancestry databases at Family History Centers;
World Vital Records, Godfrey Memorial Library, Footnote.com, HeritageQuest Online, and Kindred Konnections have all announced that their databases will soon be available at suitably-equipped FHCs, including the one in Madison. Click here for further information on this development.
- HeritageQuest Online Index
3 March 2008
This website can be accessed from any of the six computers in the Reading Room of the WHS library labeled Reserved for Genealogical and Federal Document Research ONLY, but there is also a high likelihood that it can be accessed from your home (or any other location from which you access the world wide web) for little or no extra cost. Many libraries are making this subscription service available to their members for instance, most of the fifty-two public libraries in Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk and Wood Counties which belong to
the South Central Library System.The URL to start with for SCLS access is <http://www.scls.lib.wi.us/cgi-bin/auth.cgi?connectto=HQ>; you must provide your library card number each time you use this service.
It can be used to search a head-of-household index for most years of the US federal census (currently there are indexes available for twelve years, but only five states have been indexed for the 1930 census). It can be used to browse the images for all years of the US federal census from 1790 through 1930. It can be used to do full-text searches of more than 20,000 (slated to grow to more than 25,000) genealogy and local history publications, and to display images of any individual page in any one of these publications.
This resource is now generally the favored access point to PERSI (the Periodical Source Index, from the Allen County Public Library); note that as of March 2008, due to unusual circumstances PERSI indexing is running about a year and a half behind on HeritageQuest Online.
- Research Help documents from the Family History Library
This link takes one to a list of a portion of the available Research Help documents which includes those specifically for Wisconsin. By using various sort-order and starting-letter menus on this website, you can get access to virtually all of the Research Help documents published by the FHL. All of these Research Helps are available as a web page or a series of web pages; most are available as [free] downloadable PDF files; some can be ordered as printed documents which will be mailed to you [for a small fee] by the Family History Library.
- Online access to The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. Ancestry.com has announced that they will no longer publish these two well-regarded references in book form, and have made the contents of the third edition of each reference available online. Click on the name of either book to go to the main page for that reference 20 September 2010
- MadCat (catalog of the Univ.of Wisconsin-Madison libraries, including the computerized portion of the library of the Wisconsin Historical Society)
- ArCat (computerized portion of the catalog of the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society)
- WorldCat (a combined [union] catalog database from about 9,000 libraries in the USA [including about 500 in Wisconsin] and forty-four other countries; sometimes referred to as OCLC [the corporate sponsor] or FirstSearch [the search program itself]).
7 June 2007
This service will help you get publication data for books and other library material which may not be available in your regular library. it will usually NOT tell you for sure if an item can be obtained via InterLibrary Loan, because it does not normally reveal the lending policies of the libraries which hold an item. Individuals who hold library cards in any of the 52 public libraries in Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk and Wood Counties which belong to the South Central Library System can access WorldCat from any computer with Internet access. The URL to start with for SCLS access
is <http://www.scls.lib.wi.us/cgi-bin/auth.cgi?connectto=WC>; you must provide your library card number each time you use this service.
- Great Lakes Regional Facility (Chicago), National Archives and Records Administration
9 August 2008
(see especially the link to the Archival Holdings Guide for the Great Lakes Region)
- National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records
10 August 2008
- Directory of Wisconsin Libraries 11 June 2007
- Public library systems of Wisconsin (map)
- South Central Library System (encompassing 61 libraries in Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk and Wood Counties)
10 December 2006
(see especially the links to Databases and to connecting to LINKcat--a shared online catalog for 46 of the libraries in the system)
- Information about obituaries published in the Wisconsin State Journal;
use the subject search tool in the local newspapers portion of LinkCat to search the index of obituaries published between 1960 and a few days ago 7 June 2008
Note: the entire newspaper index system, including the index to obituaries published in the Wisconsin State Journal between 1960 and 2002, is currently (as of late April 2011) our-of-order, a temporary casualty of the new LINKCat system.Full text of obituaries published between 11/19/2002 to just a few days ago
- Arrowhead Library System (encompassing seven libraries in Rock County)
- Milwaukee County Federated Library System (includes fourteen branches of the Milwaukee Public Library and fourteen other city libraries).
26 June 2007
(see especially the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) and the summary of genealogically-significant records housed at its central branch)
- WISCAT On-Line Catalog (a union catalog for more than 1200 libraries of all types throughout Wisconsin; now includes a connection to BadgerLink)
5 May 2007
- Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana) 23 March 2007
The extensive renovation/expansion which you probably heard about has been completed; reports about the new facility have been glowing. Click here to access their online catalog.
- Brigham Young University’s Family History Archives search engine
29 February 2008
BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library, the Family History Library, and the Allen County Public Library are working together on a project to eventually digitize over 100,000 out-of-copyright family histories and thousands of local histories. The collections will have every-word search capability; search results are linked to digital (PDF) images of the original publication. A good beginning has been made, but be forewarned that searches can be very time-consuming. Search hits lead to individual pages, but the actual hits are not highlighted on the page.
- Information about federal censuses, as provided by IPUMS-USA: Questions, 1850-2000 and Enumerator instructions, 1850-1950 (censuses after 1950 were mostly conducted by self-enumeration)
5 May 2007
- Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center 2 April 2008
(see especially the link to Resources, including the Wisconsin Veterans Memorials Catalog)
- State of Wisconsin Blue Book (complete text of every Blue Book issued since 1995, plus selected feature articles dating back to 1983; search capability is included)
- Family History Center click here to learn about databases available at the Madison Family History Center (in addition to those created by the Family History Library)
5 April 2008
- Do you want to check out the experimental databases available at FamilySearch Labs? Click here to see what’s currently online. Note that some of these databases are searchable, while others are only browsable.
26 July 2008
- Max Kade Institute (resources for research in German genealogy)
4 May 2007
See especially the web page on genealogical resources, including a listing of
the genealogical holdings in their library. (Beware: this website uses frames technology.)
- Norwegian-American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library
(formerly known as the Vesterheim Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library; resources for research in Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogy)
21 June 2012
Handouts available at the May 2007 DCAGS meeting included a listing of the data collections the NAGCNL holds and
a research questionnaire one should fill out when requesting that the NAGCNL do research for you.
See a listing of recent library acquisitions on the NAGCNL Library web page.
- Wisconsin Vital Records Office
click here to learn about vital records indexes available in this office
10 August 2008
- Dane County Register of Deeds Office
- Forest Hill Cemetery (Madison) This website now provides the ability to search burial records by name or lot number (a spot check iindicated that burials are listed within three weeks of their occurrence)
7 June 2008
- Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records This website has an extensive directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county throughout the U.S.A.. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. 10 March 2010
- Upcoming genealogical events in the region (Wisconsin & surrounding states)
The Dane County Genealogical Society (formerly known as the South Central Chapter of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society)
and the Computer Assisted Genealogists of Southern Wisconsin (formerly known as the South Central Wisconsin PAF Users Group)
merged in September of 2006 to form the Dane County Area Genealogical Society
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